(Stardate 47634.4) A Distraction /Conundrum into Space and Time

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1.The Starfleet Federation would be proud. On the eve of the invasion of Ukraine, the International Space Station was occupied by Americans and Russians, with a plan to carpool together back to earth. This is a situation right out of a movie or novel, some not ending well. After threats to abandon the American astronauts on the space station, both parties have agreed to the safe return for all. American astronaut will return to Earth on Russian spacecraft despite Ukraine invasion, NASA says | Space.

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1.Have you ever wondered why Uranus is blue? Uranus, 1.8 billion miles from earth, has a distinct blue glow to our eyes. It seems the reason is methane, based on analysis from the Voyager 2 spacecraft. The Reason Uranus Has A Blue Glow (slashgear.com) .

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1. Just last week astronomers detected a large meteor just 2 hours before it entered the earth’s atmosphere. Lucky for us, it was small and fell over the Arctic Ocean. This is an example of one of 5 such near-earth objects to be discovered just hours before impact. As much as we try to identify the NEO’s that will be a danger for our way of life, instances such as these remind us that space has many dangers. EarthSky | Asteroid discovered hours before Earth impact

Earth by night, taken from the International Space Station. Soyuz is visible in the foreground.


1. NASA prepares to launch the new Artemis rocket in May that will take us back to the moon, one thing that is not being discussed is the price of this project. NASA continues to use the same bureaucratic wheels to create their flight systems, while private companies such as Space X have re-invented space flight and equally reduced the costs. It seems the program and price tag will be tolerated only to keep up with other countries that aim to claim the moon’s resources for themselves. NASA’s monstrous moon rocket is an overpriced, political beast (mashable.com).

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1.Are we made of stardust and peptides? The Hayabusa 2 spacecraft brought back asteroid particle samples as part of its mission. Once scientists were able to analyze the samples, they found far more amino acids in the samples then they had ever seen before. The samples are also more primitive than have been previously recorded. Also it has been found that peptides, the basic building blocks of life, can form in space without water. That helps prove the theory that solar winds and amino acids could have seeded life on earth and other planets. Scientists found the building blocks of life on an asteroid (bgr.com)


Graph of The Week

Asteroid chart reference: An asteroid could wipe out an entire city. Here’s NASA’s plan — Big Think

Lexicon — Words that describe space things

Test yourself how many did you know…

  • Supermassive — description of objects with a million or more times mass than our sun
  • Oort cloud — shell around our solar system in the shape of a sphere
  • Kuiper Belt — ring of icy objects, like Pluto (which some of us are still rooting to become a plaent again), beyond Neptune’s orbit
  • Exoplanet — freely floating planet that goes between stars or orbits a star outside our solar system
  • Gantry —a frame consisting of scaffolds on various levels used to erect vertically-launched rockets and spacecraft
  • Dark Energy — the easiest way to think of it is a property of space that accounts for an expanding universe; the universe’s “empty space” may still have its own, dark energy.
Source: Canadian Space Agency

Movies of the Week-long Marathon

Some of the best 25 movies about space you can watch, plus a couple of campy ones thrown in

  • Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back (1980) IMDB Rating: 8.7/10
  • Interstellar (2014) IMDB Rating: 8.7/10
  • Star Wars (1977) IMDB Rating: 8.6/10
  • Aliens (1986) IMDB Rating: 8.6/10
  • Alien (1979) IMDB Rating: 8.5/10
  • WALL-E (2008) IMDB Rating: 8.4/10
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) IMDB rating: 8.3/10
  • Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi (1983) IMDB rating: 8.3/10
  • Guardians of The Galaxy (2014) IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
  • Dune (2021) IMNDB Rating: 8.1/10
  • The Martian (2015) IMDB Rating: 8.0/10
  • Star Trek (2009) IMDB Rating: 8.0/10
  • Solaris (1972) IMDB rating: 8.0/10
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) IMDB rating: 8.0/10
  • Avatar (2009) IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
  • Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens (2015) IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
  • Serenity (2004) IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
  • Moon. (2009) IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
  • Gravity (2013) IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
  • Star Trek (1982) IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
  • Apollo 13 (1995) IMDB rating: 7.5/10
  • Galaxy Quest (1999) IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
  • Spaceballs (1987) IMDB rating: 7.1/10
  • Plan 9 from Outer Space (1957) IMDB Rating: 3.9/10
Plan 9 From outer Space — So Bad, It is Good

Infographic of the Week

The Nearest Stars to Earth (Source: Space.com)

Meme of the Week — Get It?

Source: Bored Panda
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